[pref-uh-ren-shuh l] /ˌprɛf əˈrɛn ʃəl/
of, relating to, or of the nature of :
showing or giving :
a preferential hiring system.
receiving or enjoying , as a country in trade relations; favored.
showing or resulting from preference
giving, receiving, or originating from preference in international trade
1805, from Medieval Latin preferentia, from Latin praeferre (see prefer) + -al (1).
[pri-hen-sil, -sahyl] /prɪˈhɛn sɪl, -saɪl/ adjective 1. adapted for seizing, grasping, or taking hold of something: a prehensile tail. 2. able to perceive quickly; having keen mental grasp. 3. greedy; grasping; avaricious. /prɪˈhɛnsaɪl/ adjective 1. adapted for grasping, esp by wrapping around a support: a prehensile tail adj. 1771, from French préhensile “adapted for grasping” […]
[prej-uh-dish-uh l] /ˌprɛdʒ əˈdɪʃ əl/ adjective 1. causing or disadvantage; detrimental. /ˌprɛdʒʊˈdɪʃəl/ adjective 1. causing prejudice; detrimental or damaging adj. early 15c., “causing prejudice;” 1530s, “full of prejudice,” from prejudice (n.) + -al (1), or else from Middle French prejudicial and directly from Medieval Latin prejudicialis “injurious,” from Latin praeiudicium.
[prep-uh-zish-uh n] /ˌprɛp əˈzɪʃ ən/ noun, Grammar. 1. any member of a class of words found in many languages that are used before nouns, pronouns, or other substantives to form phrases functioning as modifiers of verbs, nouns, or adjectives, and that typically express a spatial, temporal, or other relationship, as in, on, by, to, since. […]
[non-pri-skrip-shuh n] /ˌnɒn prɪˈskrɪp ʃən/ adjective 1. (of drugs, medication, etc.) legally available for purchase without a doctor’s ; over-the-counter. nonprescription non·pre·scrip·tion (nŏn’prĭ-skrĭp’shən) adj. Sold legally without a physician’s prescription; over-the-counter.